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Main Topic: Our State

Topic: Nebraskans Who Made a Difference

Speaker: Laureen Riedesel

Clues to Clara: The Rediscovery of Local Women’s History


While researching the origins of the Beatrice Public Library, Riedesel and Diana Church came across a footnote naming Clara Colby as the founder, uncovering a chapter in Nebraska history that was nearly lost. Clara Bewick Colby was one of the most active and versatile participants in the women’s suffrage movement in the United States. This presentation introduces us to a remarkable woman. Riedesel also shows how state, regional and national resources can be used to rediscover local history.

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